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Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting and scandal are threatening the stranglehold South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has held on power since the end of apartheid. The parlous state of Africa’s oldest political movement, once revered for its role in ending white-minority rule, was laid bare in a report presented by its secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, at a party policy […]

#OccupyLuthuliHouse Shows South Africa’s ANC Is Turning On Itself

#OccupyLuthuliHouse Shows South Africa’s ANC Is Turning On Itself

Marching on the headquarters of the African National Congress has a long and sometimes terrible history. In 1994, the year Nelson Mandela was elected, supporters of the rival Inkatha Freedom party marched on the ANC HQ, then at Shell House. Nineteen people were killed after guards opened fire. Other more recent protests have ended in […]

Soweto Uprising 40 years On: The Image That Shocked The World

Soweto Uprising 40 years On: The Image That Shocked The World

The sky above was dark with smoke. At the railway station, as Ntsiki Makhubo and her mother returned from a day in Johannesburg, they were met by an anxious crowd. As they stepped down from the train, they trod on shattered glass and heard the news. Your brother has been shot and killed, Makhubo was […]